Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 21: Special Plates

21.100 Environmental License Plates (VC §5101)

Environmental License Plates (ELP) are the original personalized license plate. ELPs are only available personalized with two to seven characters and may be issued to automobiles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and trailers.

Original Personalized License Plate Application—the following must be submitted:

  • A Special Interest License Plate Application (REG 17) form.
  • Registration in the applicant’s name or the document required to register the vehicle to the applicant.
  • The fees due.

Exchange—Existing personalized license plates may be exchanged to ELPs for a fee.

Renewal/Reassignment—An additional fee is required for renewal or reassignment.

Retention—An additional fee is required for retention.

Transfer of Ownership—ELPs remain with the owner and the transfer is processed as usual. Refer to Chapter 11 for transfer procedures.